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    • Day 16


      August 4, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      … hier treffe ich Antje & Tom … 😊
      … eine kleine Stärkung und eine kurze Stadtbesichtigung …
      … Miltenberg ist eine sehenswerte Stadt mit vielen schönen alten Gebäuden - ebenso laden viele Gaststätten und Plätze zum Verweilen ein … 😎Read more

    • Day 21


      June 1, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Letzte Nacht standen wir in Albertshofen am Main, hab leider vergessen zu fotografieren. Haben eine sehr schöne Fahrradtour nach Volkach gemacht. Nun stehen wir in Dorfprozelten und waren mit dem Fahrrad auf dem Mainradweg in Miltenberg. Sehr schön.Read more

    • Day 17

      Mainbrucke, Miltenberg, Germany

      April 10, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      We walked to the Wurzburger Tor, the eastern entrance to Miltenberg’s old town, once a heavily guarded gate back in Medieval times. We continued on to have a look at the town bridge, Mainbrucke Miltenberg. It wasn’t until 1900 that the town had its own bridge and with the original one detonated by retreating Germans in 1945, the current one wasn’t opened until 1950 and the design embraced Miltenberg’s Medieval heritage with a replica of a fortified sandstone gatehouse.

      After our morning stroll we stopped in our square a croissant and cappuccino for morning tea. One of the best croissants so far. The added bonus is that as today is a public holiday for Easter Monday it means there are not a lot of tourist around, but with that positive is the negative that the quaint little shops aren’t open for me to browse in (which Brad is happy about).
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    • Day 2


      July 18, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Leuk middeleeuws stadje met mooie oude winkel-/hoofdstraat. Het ene huis is al ouder (1300 en...) en prachtiger dan het andere. De moeite om eens langs te gaan. Wij hebben iets gedronken op het terras van het prachtige Gasthof Zum Riezen (het blauwe gebouw op de foto's).Read more

    • Day 17

      Gasthaus Zum Riesen, Miltenberg

      April 10, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Later in the afternoon we headed back out for a drink and early dinner at the oldest licenced pub in Germany, the Gasthaus zum Riesen. The hotel dates back to at least 1411. It is also famous as the oldest continuously operated hotel in the world, with many famous guests including The King, Elvis Presley. It even got warm enough for us to actually take our jackets off for a few minutes, the first time it has gotten past 10 degrees all trip. Sitting in the sunshine was lovely.

      On the walk back to our apartment we stopped off for a spaghettieis at Cortina Eiscafe. Spaghettieis is a German ice cream dish designed to resemble a plate of spaghetti. Very tasty, and served on a bed of whipped cream with chocolate sauce.

      We have really enjoyed our stay here, especially in our historic hotel with its gorgeous restaurant/breakfast room. Sadly it was only open for breakfast while we were here and as the chef was so good I’m sure the other meals he makes would be just as tasty. Originally a 16th century wine house, Hotel Schmuckkästchen was the perfect location for our two night stay in Miltenberg.

      Miltenberg is such a picturesque town and one we are happy to have included on our trip.
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    • Day 8


      April 18, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Spent the morning watching the glass blower. Bought a couple of sparrows. Then arrived in Miltonburg and had a tour of the town finishing with a liqueur tasting. Then took the coach to Freudenberg to meet up with the boat againRead more

    • Day 31

      Locks galore

      April 25, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      We left the Rhine river and started cruising the Main river. The sunshades on the sundecks were lowered and the deck closed as we entered a section of river with 30 plus locks and many low bridges.

      We are getting used to locks but they have not lost their fascination for me yet. The river boats like ours are all made the maximum width and sometimes when we are in the locks only a few centimeters are free on each side. It's odd to look up and see a wall next to your window instead of pretty scenery.

      The photos below show some we went though during the day, taken through the front lounge window.
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    • Day 29

      Half-Timber Buildings Miltenberg

      July 17, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      A very high concentration of these half-timber houses here in Miltenberg, Bavaria. The colored timber frame is erected and provides all the strength in the building. The white areas are then filled with straw and traditionally plastered both inside and out with mud - guess they'd use cement plaster now. Not a lot invested in plumb and level lines to the framing as some pics show. It just needed to stand securely...which interestingly, they do, despite what our "modern" specs call for. I wonder how many plumb and level buildings built in 2016 will be still standing in the year 2,600? And looking as good as these??Read more

    • Day 22

      Precision driving

      October 2, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      We travelled through the night, and from what we could gather, there was a great deal happening while we were sleeping off the effects of our over-indulging. All told our trip takes us through 66 locks, each one requiring some very tight manoevering of our 130 metre long ship.

      After breakfast Brian ventured up to the top deck and was chatting with our very friendly captain while he was manoevering us into one of the locks. His aim was to place the ship within a couple of centimetres of the side of the lock, and he demonstrated some real precision tweaking of the controls in order to do it. As he pointed out, a one centimetre movement at the bow can result in ten times that movement at the stern. Once we were correctly positioned within the lock a couple of the crewmen were running around frantically operating winches and securing the ship tightly within the lock. Of course it had to be done in a way which still allowed the ship to rise as water entered the lock. This detailed procedure had to be repeated for every one of those 66 locks. As a further complication there are a few licks, referred to as banana locks, which are slightly curved. Evidently they are even more challenging, and probably explain the occasional thumps that we felt as our ship travelled through the night.

      Then there were the low bridges. We got to experience one of them. As we approached it the wheelhouse was lowered hydraulically until its roof was the same level as the upper deck. The captain meanwhile opened a hatch in the ceiling so that he could steer. At the same time we were told very strictly that we had to remain seated while we passed under the bridge, but were reassured by the captain that, provided we followed his instructions, we would be OK. As we got within a few metres of the bridge we became less confident of this and felt as though we were playing chicken with a runaway train. It was a great relief when we did pass under the bridge with no more than 30 cm between the tops of our heads and the underside of the stone bridge.

      We spent the morning alternating between admiring the scenery, taking photos and freezing on the top deck then going down to the lounge and thawing out. By lunchtime we had reached Miltenberg a quaint old town with a history going back to Roman times. Our guide there, dressed in traditional lederhosen, introduced himself to us as Jim - hardly a traditional German name. The fact that he spoke with a broad Glaswegian accent added further to the incongruity. It turns out that he met and married a local German girl and was a long term resident of the town. He was very knowledgeable, and that, combined with a typical Scottish sense of humour made our walking tour of the town both pleasant and informative. We found Milternberg to be a well preserved and interesting place. Like so many of the towns visited so far it was moderately busy, but we can imagine that in the height of the tourist season it would be a place best avoided.

      Following our excellent dinner on the ship we drifted up to the lounge where the onboard entertainers, a husband and wife team, were just beginning a Tribute to the Beatles performance. Having had a glass or two of the freely flowing wine we happily sang along, as did many others. Then Mary really entered into the spirits of things and had a really enjoyable time reliving her days as a mad Beatles fan and dancing to the music.
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    • Day 19


      May 13, 2015 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

      We spent a leisurely morning taking photos from the entryway since the sun deck has been closed. They had to remove it completely so that the ship can pass under the bridges on the Main River. Heather the park ranger was able to get the generic battery charger to work on her Nikon 7000. Chatted with Sam from Taiwan while outside. I took a photo of Cruise Director Sacha and a colleague, which he wants to extract and post on the ship's display board. We have an excursion this afternoon into the small German town of Miltenburg.

      Miltenburg was magnificent. The half-timbered houses make one believe he is in the middle of a German fairy tale. Our affable Scotch-German guide led us through the medieval town, and then we had several hours on our own. I had an apple pastry and coffee at a local coffee shop. First, we found a way inside the big Catholic Church (we are now in Catholic Bavaria). I set up the tripod to take some high quality photos of the interior. Then we went to the Catholic parish church for more shots. Next Glenda went to find a shop that had a garment she liked, while I went back to find the site overlooking the town. I found myself alone on the path; I was a bit fearful, so I turned around and went back to the Catholic Church to refine my photos.

      Miltenberg boasts the oldest hotel in Germany, the Gasthaus zum Riesen. Guests include Napoleon and Elvis Presley.

      A right-wing group planned to have a political demonstration in the plaza outside the Catholic Church. They applied for the proper permits and received them. As they were having their demonstration, however, the priest started ringing the church bells so loudly that the demonstration could not proceed. He was tried and fined for disturbing the peace and for preventing a lawful demonstration. The citizens of the town paid his fine. When his bishop moved him to another parish, the priest received a considerable promotion.

      We were to meet at the Maypole at 6 pm, so I headed there, stopping all along the way for photos. Two members of our party were missing, so we were delayed nearly an hour trying to find them. Cruise Director Sacha was attempting to pack the returning buses as densely as possible, and he asked for volunteers to transfer to another bus. Glenda volunteered, and as we boarded the second bus some folks must have concluded that we were the ones who were tardy. I had a lovely dinner of hazel nut encrusted cod with Len and Sandy from Sacramento, and Heather and Don from San Francisco. Heather showed me her pictures from Antelope Canyon, AZ a and gave me some practical advice on scheduling a guide. After the 9 pm briefing on tomorrow's visit to Rothenburg, we came back to the stateroom and got ready for bed.
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    Miltenberg, ميلتنبرغ, میلتنبرگ, Միլթենբերգ, ミルテンベルク, Мильтенберг, Милтенберг, Мільтенберг, 米尔滕贝格

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